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September 15, 2011

After the 9/11 attack: 10 years ago at CWRU

Within hours of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 Interim President James Wagner sent an e-mail message to the campus community regarding the attacks. Classes and social events were suspended for the day but the university remained open. “Universities are places committed to discourse and dialogue over ideological differences, and we abhor violence or terrorism as a means of expression. For the same reasons, we cannot allow violent acts to force the University to abandon this role.”[1]

The university opened Amasa Stone Chapel for quiet reflection; and rooms in Thwing Center, Leutner Commons and Fribley Commons were made available as discussion areas. Counseling services were offered by Cleveland Hillel Foundation, Hallinan Center Newman Catholic Campus Ministries, Muslim Campus Outreach Group, United Protestant Campus Ministries, and University Counseling Services. The university marked the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, held 9/14/2001, in Amasa Chapel.

2002 Remembrance ceremony

One year later, a remembrance of the 9/11 attacks was held in front of Kelvin Smith Library. CWRU joined the nation in broadcasting Mozart’s Requiem beginning at 8:46 a.m. This was followed by a moment of silence and offer of peace at 9:50 a.m. At noon University Counseling Services sponsored September 11 Then & Now, an open discussion to reflect on personal responses to 9/11. A temporary memorial wall was installed outside Kelvin Smith Library September 1 for members of the university community to record their words, photos, drawings of remembrance. It remained until September 30.

Section of the 2002 memorial wall

[1] James W. Wagner Statement, 9/11/2001 noon

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